My students are not what they come from. I teach in a Title I school with poverty hitting 80% of my students, free and reduced lunch is the norm, single family homes, and low income housing are more common than not. However, my students are full of energy, have a willingness to learn, and make every day special for me as their teacher.
No matter their background my expectations for them are extremely high.
However, they always supersede them. They teach me new things every day and have taught me so much more than I could ever teach them. They are so bright and want to be high achievers but are lacking the resources that they need to compete in global society on a daily basis.
Studies have shown that if students use Interactive Notebooks they are more organized and able to focus on the assigned task. Every day in my class students are writing, completing notes, and hands-on lessons that require them to keep their information in an essential location for each class.
Can you imagine being the student who can't afford the interactive notebook and their lack of organization affects their grade?
This applies to 90% of my students. Students have the opportunity to take the notebooks home if studying is required but mostly they keep them in my classroom. Students cut, paste, write, and journal in their notebooks daily. Their notebooks become their 'bible" for my Civics and Economics class!
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